Lisa's week: Perfect for dunking!
Do you remember when I talked about the perfect cuppa back in Lisa’s Week number 25 (find the entry here)? As you know, I drink tea all year. Every day. Multiple cups. And now that we are spending so much time out on the balcony, that cup of tea is being enjoyed in a more leisurely way. Sitting down. Watching the world go by. Taking in the flowers and sights of the season. And, even though it’s really not good for my diet, usually with a biscuit (or ten!) perfect for dunking into that hot, refreshing drink.
Dunking is when you dip the biscuit into the tea to soften it up and then, timing is critical of course, you swiftly pop it into your mouth for a perfect combination of tea and sweet. Mmmmm.
There are many types and brands of biscuits I love but if I’m honest, my top favourites come from back home. And yes, we tend to buy them in bulk and bring them back with us when we head over to the UK for a trip. I probably love McVities Chocolate Digestives and Walker’s Shortbread the most but you could also tempt me with good old favourites such as Rich Tea, Chocolate Bourbon or Iced Rings! It’s all part of what makes us British and I know that you have a list of your own favourites from Germany so I know that you understand when I say that you just can’t beat the right biscuit at the right time.
Walker’s Shortbread is often to be found in German supermarkets and the buttery flavour makes it so moreish! You can’t just have one even though that each one contains more calories than is good for you. Made with just four ingredients in the Speyside area of Scotland (famous for its whisky distilleries), it’s been in production with the Walker family since 1898, although shortbread itself has its origins with Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century. Today, just as when it was first produced by the Walker family, just flour, salt, sugar and pure butter give it its distinctive flavour and it’s now exported to over 60 countries around the world.
Chocolate Digestives on the other hand are another story altogether. They are lighter (so the dunking timing is more critical) and have a cover of chocolate which melts perfectly in the tea – although I’ve been known to cause a bit of a mess!
Robert McVitie was born in Scotland in 1809 and became an apprentice baker, which is a fact I hadn’t known. More Scottish scrumptiousness! Robert opened his first shop in 1830 which proved very popular and was quickly followed by more. Sir Alexander Grant joined the baking firm and invented the famous “digestive” biscuit in 1892. This is a crisp, semi-sweet biscuit and the secret recipe is still used today. The chocolate was added to this original design in 1925 and McVities is also famous for its invention of the Jaffa Cake that is another firm favourite.
Funnily enough, I just read that the McVities Chocolate Digestive has been ranked as Britain’s Number 1 favourite dunking biscuit. I can only concur!
Now, I have to dash. This has made me feel the need to open a pack and get dunking!
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!
Episode 21: Sweet cravings
Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?
Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"
Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)
Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?
Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.
Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!
Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot
Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?
Episode 30: Bless you!
Episode 31: What are you thankful for?
Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?
Episode 33: What's behind the door?
Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!
Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?
Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year
Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?
Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2
Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?
Episode 40: Sweet Valentine
Episode 41: A Reminder
Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!
Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils
Episode 44: The whole world's going green!
Episode 45: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs
Episode 46: The joke's on you!
Episode 47: Left over from the Middle Ages!
Episode 48: More calendar food-based ponderings
Episode 49: We use German words too
Episode 50: Celebrating St George
Episode 51: The perfect start to the day
Episode 52: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)
Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)
Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)
Episode 55: Holiday season is coming!
Episode 56; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1
Episode 56; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2
Episode 57: Summer Solstice
Episode 58: Harry Potter turns 20
Episode 59: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live
Episode 60: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Episode 61: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Episode 62: Stick a stamp on it!
Episode 63: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge
Episode 64: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ
Episode 65: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)
Episode 66: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)
Episode 67: Joking around in Scotland
Episode 68: The first day of school
Episode 69: Let's go down to the Wiesn!
Episode 70: Celebrating language
Episode 71: It's a Harry thing!
Episode 72: My favourite time of the year
Episode 73: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading
Episode 74: Grinning like a Cheshire cat
Episode 75: Enjoying the downtime
Episode 76: Talking Tenners
Episode 77: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?
Episode 78: Just another few minutes!
Episode 79: Counting the cards on my shelf.
Episode 80: What sign are you?
Episode 81: Great if you have a sweet tooth
Episode 82: It's an acquired taste!
Episode 83: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring
Episode 84: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose
Episode 85: Once in a blue moon
Episode 86: Learning by Listening - part 1
Episode 87: Learning by Listening - part 2
Episode 88: This is the travel news!
Episode 89: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!
Episode 90: Spring forward and fall back
Episode 91: Holy Week
Episode 92: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time